About Us

At Simblist, one of our favorite terms is “shop local.” Shopping local is what our business is based on. We believe in supporting and working hard for the businesses in our territories. We are “local” Sales Reps that are not only servicing your accounts, but members of your community, customers and supporters of your business.

Our Management


Kim Leister

Kim Leister

Vice President

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P: 404-524-2812


Kim launched her career in public relations and marketing, but always knew her love was retail and owning her own local shop. After a successful run as a local shop owner, she then went on to be a Sales Rep and eventually - with business partner Amy McKnight, purchased the Agency they worked for. Going back to her public relations and marketing roots, the Agency got a new name, new look, new perspective and Knack was born. In 2020, Knack merged with Simblist to grow and expand both businesses. Kim’s absolute love for the industry and all that it encompasses drive her to create an environment of positivity and success for all involved.

Amy McKnight

Amy McKnight

Director of Sales

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P: 404-524-2812


Amy began her career as a Buyer for White House Black Market and went on to be the top Sales Rep for a Sales Agency in the Mid-Atlantic. Amy then joined forces with Kim Leister and purchased the Agency - changing the name to Knack and ultimately modernizing and growing the business to answer today's needs. Growing up in retail, Amy has an uncanny ability to understand customers and vendors alike for long-term partnership and success.

Our Sales Managers


Ellen Abbott

Ellen Abbott

  • Delaware
  • Eastern Maryland
  • Virginia Beach

[email protected]
410-251-0143


Ellen brings to her job 10 years of experience as a buyer for South Moon Under and we are so lucky that she is on our team. She consistently meets and exceeds all sales goals and her customers love her. It does help that she seems to know and be connected to everyone in her territory! A mom to two great kids and wife, Ellen is our social butterfly. She knows everyone and everyone knows her – in the best way.

Cheryl Black

Cheryl Black

  • Alabama
  • Florida Panhandle
  • Mississippi

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P: (205) 515-5010 F: (205) 449-5243


Cheryl began her career working in the banking industry with her Father. Their customer base was mostly community banks – local business. Cheryl always had a love for shopping. We all know good shoppers make great Sales Reps! Becoming a Rep for Simblist with her financial experience and shopping expertise made it a no brainer. Cheryl sees her job as not only an opportunity to work with shops that she has always loved, but also as helping communities stay afloat through servicing independent business. Spending time with family and friends is always the first thing Cheryl chooses to do. She is always up for an adventure and loves being outside any day of the week.

Jenni Chambers

Jenni Chambers

  • Central & West Florida

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P: (239) 440-1111 F: (813) 220-2022


Jenni has a long history of working with small business owners. Prior to Simblist, she was the Director of Operations for a 250 unit franchise chain based out of Atlanta. It is perhaps that background that drives her to work with customers on all aspects of their business. You will always hear her asking, "What is working for you? What other things are you looking to fill your shop with?” She believes in partnering with her customers to bring the best to their local market. Jenni is "Dog Mom" to Finney and Truvy Jones (the cutest little Bichpoos you ever did see). She and her husband love travelling and she is a "recreational competitive" tennis player.

Amanda Duensing

Amanda Duensing

  • Tennessee

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P: (615) 228-4918 F: (615) 228-4001


Amanda came straight to Simblist from college. She grew up going to the Atlanta Apparel Mart, as her Father was a Sales Rep - so working in this industry is natural for her. Amanda feels passionately about helping customers curate buys that are perfect for their individual shops. She loves the long lasting friendships with the Simblist team, vendors, buyers and store owners that she has made. The inspiration she feels from them is the foundation for her business. When Amanda isn't working, she loves spending time being active, exploring nature, travelling, experimenting in the kitchen and most importantly planning and taking new adventures with her children.

Tatiana Faust Pollara

Tatiana Faust Pollara

  • Southeast Coast Florida

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P: (813) 690-5081 F: (866) 504-4825


Tatiana is totally driven and detail oriented. Both are skills that are a must in the industry. Prior to coming to Simblist, Tatiana was a Buyer for a children's store. Simblist actually serviced the shop and when she moved to Miami, we were lucky enough to have her become a part of our Team. Tatiana is amazing at putting stories together for customers to bring them success in their shops. She loves what she does and it shows. When she isn't working, Tatiana loves spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga and travelling.

Lisa Girard

Lisa Girard

  • Northeast & Central Pennsylvania
  • Northern New Jersey

[email protected]
484-225-5668


A former General Manager of one of the oldest shops in Pennsylvania, Lisa brings to us and her accounts a deep knowledge of retail, merchandising, buying and planning. Lisa is a ray of sunshine that endlessly brings to us a positive vibe that is contagious. Lisa goes above and beyond for her accounts and loves being able to share her experience to help customers grow. Lisa is a Mom to three great kids and loves being with her family in her free time.

Marianne Keenan

Marianne Keenan

  • Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Southern New Jersey

[email protected]
610-505-2349


With a master's degree in education, Marianne uses this to teach customers about product. Marianne originally came to us to represent one line and now she is a full time Sales Rep for our complete line package. We are always amazed at Marianne's ability to take every lead and make them a customer. Her enthusiasm and never-quit attitude make her our fastest growing Rep. Mom to three and wife, Marianne is also a die-hard tennis competitor.

Melissa Lloyd

Melissa Lloyd

  • Western Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

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Melissa is a seasoned Sales Rep. Not only does she bring an expert level of product knowledge to her customers, she also understands being a vendor. For many years Melissa owned her own Company (Philosopots). She participated in Market as a vendor, visited her customers across the country and even did live demos of how her product was made. She knows what her customers need and also knows the little things a vendor can do help improve and sell their product. Her diverse experience in the industry is a huge asset to all she encounters. Melissa has two grown daughters, enjoys time with family and friends and is our resident "zoom" expert!

Liz O'Mara

Liz O'Mara

  • Atlanta, East and Coastal Georgia
  • Asheville Area North Carolina
  • Central & Southeast Coast South Carolina

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P: (404) 325-8305 F: (866) 313-0731


Liz has the longest tenure out of all of our Simblist Reps. She started in the industry as an Assistant Manager at Crate and Barrel, went on to be a Buyer for Ferragamo and has even been on the shipping side packing product - but we will let her tell that story. Over the years, the relationships she has developed with customers and vendors have turned into wonderful friendships. She believes the Simblist Family is a very special team that lifts one another up and supports each other both personally and professionally. She is very grateful to represent amazing vendors and sell product that she personally enjoys. Liz loves going on family vacations, listening to music, is a die hard foodie and especially enjoys spending time with her grandnieces and nephews.

Kirstyn Roberts

Kirstyn Roberts

  • Washington, DC
  • Western Maryland
  • Central & Northern Virginia

[email protected]
201-452-1584


Kirstyn is a “senior” member of our team. However, she is the youngest – lucky her! Kirstyn was formerly a Sales Manager and brings a great understanding to both sides of the business. She is consistently a top selling Sales Rep for our team and we always receive feedback from her customers that they love working with her. She is committed to our vendors and to her customer’s success. She also loves numbers and a big goal. Kirstyn is the perfect dog mom to her rescue mix PJ. Lucky PJ to have landed Kirstyn as his owner! A great lover of the outdoors, Kirstyn can be found sailing, running or just spending time outside.

Laura Skinner

Laura Skinner

  • Northern Florida
  • Atlanta West and Southern Georia
  • Highlands North Carolina

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P: (770) 390-9047 F: (770) 390-9049


Laura has amazing insight on product and people and that is not surprising - she has a long history in our industry. She began as a buyer for Macy’s, went on to work in finance and spent several years in New York and Atlanta working part time with a division of Christian Dior. However, her longest history is in sales with Simblist – lucky us. Laura brings her extended experience to her customers every day – many of which have become dear friends. Laura is blessed with two beautiful grandchildren and in her spare time she loves focusing her attention on them.

Ashley Stanley

Ashley Stanley

  • Northeast Coast South Carolina
  • Central, Coastal, & East Mountains North Carolina

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P: (919) 787-2050 F: (919) 787-2009


It is no surprise that Ashley began her career in teaching. Being a Sales Rep is also about educating and she is amazing at it. Ashley went on to be a Retail Manager for a large chain, dabbled in Interior Design and ending up working at a small furniture shop before coming to Simblist. Over the years Ashley’s customers have become friends and she loves bringing them product that she too loves. Ashley loves spending time with her family – especially watching her son play sports, going to the gym, reading, cooking and walking the family dog.

Showroom Team


Leica Vidal

Leica Vidal

  • Atlanta Showroom

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Leica is our showroom EVERYTHING - from management, to sales, to design, she is the magic behind the madness. She joined the team in 2014 as a Showroom Coordinator and over the years has used her experience and everyday learning of Simblist to help us evolve in to a well run machine. Her experience in construction, visual design and retail create the perfect combination for greatness in our Showroom. Design is her true passion and it shows. Not only does she love it, design comes to her naturally and is a true gift. She has a vision and is a perfectionist in a good way. Leica makes work a family affair. We’ve had the pleasure over the years of her daughter and son both helping out in our Showroom.